Elevate Oakland raised just over $110,000 through fundraising efforts and the inaugural benefit concert, which was presented by Oakland’s own Sheila E. and held at The Fox Theatre in Oakland this past last weekend.
Funds raised through this event will go to support art and music education programs in Oakland’s public schools where no art or music curriculum is offered and will continue to support the current programs in need at schools like Castlemont High School.
“We are truly grateful for the success of Elevate Oakland’s first benefit concert. The generosity of the artists who donated their performances and time is absolutely amazing. The support of the community, the teachers, all of our sponsors and the dedication of all our volunteers is what made this event such a success,” in a joint-statement issued by Elevate Oakland’s co-founders Sheila E., Jason Hofmann, Lynn Mabry and Yoshi Akiba, “We definitely plan to make this an annual event and are already planning the next one.”
HEROINE DECEMBER has just released their new song "BALLOON" featuring Sheila E.! The song is being released as a love note on Valentine's Day. Their debut EP, Target Practice, will be available worldwide on April 18, 2014.
We are proud to premiere this single and lyric video and drop some knowledge on you exclusively!
Check out the lyric video above! Music Video "Balloon" produced and created by Silver Century, performed by Heroine December feat. Sheila E on Congas. (C) 2013 Silver Century
You can purchase the song on iTunes now!
Following in Prince’s footsteps and his indie approach of wanting to maintain artistic integrity and vision, twin sisters and lead singers of Heroine December, Maya and Nandy, are making music their way. After showing their mentor some of the written music, “Balloon” which will now become the first single off of their debut EP “Target Practice”. The ballad is filled with love and passion and captures the many emotions of a relationship, making this the perfect tune for Valentine’s Day celebrations.
Inspired by some of the twins’ lyrics along with their personalities and commitment to making a positive difference in the world, Prince coined the name Heroine December for the band and has been instrumental in the launch of this project. Enter guitar player - Brad Lindsay, bass player - Matthew Denis, and drummer, - Mike Robins and voila: Heroine December was born. The debut EP, Target Practice, is a combination of pop and rock elements drawing from the twins’ own musical taste as well as influence from their father, who plays the guitar and steel drum. Prince, with whom they have learned a great deal, has particularly taught the girls about live sound, which is a feature of the new album. He also introduced Shelia E to “Balloon”, who leant her legendary musical talent to the track providing the heartbeat for the song via the congas.
Following the release of “Balloon”, Heroine December will be launching a Kickstarter campaign for a unique 3-part video idea to accompany the EP launch and a “pay it forward” movement called You ARE What it Takes. “Nandy and I love telling stories, so we’re creating a mini-movie out of some of the songs from our record,” Maya explains. “It’s going to be really heartfelt, and will be coming from a space of giving and contribution. It’s definitely going to make a difference to people.”
Diagnosis: For more info on the upcoming EP "Target Practice" go to HEROINEDECEMBER.COM
We hope to have some cool videos and photos later from show, for now check out review above. Thank you G.-DocFB
Here is "You Got What You Wanted" the new single by FDeluxe. The single is available for pre-order and you are hearing it here FIRST!
Plus, they are having a raffle for those who buy the new single or anything in their on-line store until Oct 1st will be eligible for a huge print of the cover, courtesy of Steve Parke.
Also, those who come to any of their next 4 shows and purchase something at the merch table will also be eligible for a print.
They will give 1 away per show.
All you have to do is write your name and email down on their sign up sheet that will be located at each venue at our merchandise table.
These are signed, limited edition prints, valued at $250.00
Here is a sample of "You Got What You Wanted" by FDeluxe.
What do U think?
Click the continue reading button for tour dates and the poster that you can win signed by the band!
Sheila E. hit us up just after returning from Europe letting us know that she would be on KTLA 5 to promote her Playboy Jazz Fest concerts this weekend. That was only a few hours before she was to appear on the show.
Sheila taught the newscasters how to play on a water bottle. Sheila also took time to talk about touring Europe and how she actually will be heading back there soon.
She also talked about this being the last year legendary comedian Bill Cosby will be hosting the Playboy Jazz Fest.
We have had a few problems trying to embed the interview but if you wish to access it, you can watch it HERE.
Have fun this weekend Sheila!-DocFB
The old school jam of the moment is "A Love Bizzare" by Prince & Sheila E.
This song is a straight classic by Miss E.-DocFB
Diagnosis: It gets kind of rough....
If you blinked, you might have missed it but Sheila E. and The E Family were featured in a clip on "Dancing With The Stars" last night.
Also, if you look closely around the 1:47 mark, you can see drfunkenberry getting his groove on. Someone said I looked like a "Twilight" star that night and I thought they were talking about my outfit of a suit and white shirt, not how pale my skin was!
Check out the clip above for Sheila E. and The E. Family for JR Martinez and Karina Smirnoff.-DocFB
Diagnosis: Wish footage was longer....